At the office of Dr. Joseph Eng, the number one Henderson Cigna optometrist, one of the most common refractive errors we see in our patients is astigmatism. Astigmatism is a highly common and treatable eye condition. The main characteristic of astigmatism is an irregularly shaped eye – it is when the eye is not perfectly round. Most people have astigmatism to some degree. The natural shape of the eye is spherical. Therefore, for people without astigmatism, light enters the eye and bends evenly. This even refraction makes images appear clearly to the viewer. People with astigmatism do not have eyes that are shaped like a perfect sphere. For most people with astigmatism, their eyes are shaped more like a football. This irregular shape makes it so that light does not bend evenly. Instead, light is refracted more in one direction than the other, which only allows for one part of the object to be in focus at a time. This means that objects at a distance might appear blurry or distorted in other ways.
If your vision appears blurry, or if you experience eye strain and headaches, you may have astigmatism or another refractive error. If you schedule an appointment for an eye exam with our Henderson Cigna optometrist, Dr. Eng can diagnose any present conditions. If you are diagnosed with astigmatism, it is not something to worry about. It is very common and can easily be treated with the use of prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, or corrective eye surgery. While many people have some level of astigmatism to their eyes, if it is very mild treatment may not be necessary at all. It is always best to get the opinion of a professional like Dr. Eng to make sure that you are seeing as clearly as possible.
If you would like to learn more about some more eye health topics and the related services that our Henderson Cigna optometrist provides, we encourage you to visit Dr. Eng’s main website to look through some additional information. IF you have any questions or concerns that we can assist you with, do not hesitate in contacting us. You can reach someone from our staff either by calling the office directly, or by sending us a message online.